Aconitum napellus vulgare ‘Albidum’
WHITE MONK’S HOOD
Aconitum napellus vulgare ‘Albidum’ has exquisite pure white Monk’s hood shaped flowers with apple-green buds.
Pure white Monk’s Hood flowers & apple-green buds
The blooms and buds are held in supremely showy, delphinium like spires, from late summer and well into autumn.
And they display superbly against deeply incised dark, glossy foliage.
Supremely showy autumn spires
Autumn spires of flowers tower up to 1.5m. on long, strong, straight stems, so it is a wonderful cut flower. Though do be aware to wear gloves when handling and cutting.
Easy & spectacular
Plant Aconitum napellus vulgare ‘Albidum’ in partly shaded to full sun positions.
And it also enjoys well drained, humus rich soil, holding some moisture over the warmer months.
However it is one of the easiest and most spectacular flowers you can grow in the garden.
Needing very little extra attention apart from cutting back to ground level in winter.
Glorious autumn flower & foliage colour
The foliage has vivid autumn colours too while it is in full flower.
So Aconitum napellus vulgare ‘Albidum’ is one of the glories of autumn with the pure white flower spires against bright gold and red autumn leaves.
Rabbit & deer resistant
It gives pleasure to know that rabbits and deer somehow know they must not eat this plant, and avoid it. Though it would also be also be a pleasure to think about them getting tummy troubles.
Very frost hardy
Aconitum napellus vulgare ‘Albidum’ is resoundingly frost hardy, and content to withstand frosts down to well below -20C. (Once established of course and depending on conditions, but it is extremely frost hardy).
Long lived perennial
White Monk’s Hood is a very long lived perennial clump and will be with you for decades.
Approx. 1.5m. High flower towers x 60cm. wide clump of decorative foliage.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Seeds can be sown directly in the garden in winter or early spring / or sown in punnets indoors at any time for earlier plants.
Caution: Wear gloves when handling the seed, and when handling any part of the plant.
Though there is little risk from the seed, but it is wise to treat all parts of any Aconitum with respect.
All parts of the plant are toxic if ingested.
Indoors for early plants: First sow the seed in a punnet on surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Now cover to 5cm depth with sieved seed mix or vermiculite.
Then thoroughly moisten by standing the punnet in a shallow water bath.
And allow the water to percolate up to the surface of the mix from the bottom.
This will ensure the mix is thoroughly moist but not drenched.
Label the punnet with the name and date sown.
For best germination
First keep moist in a well lit position at a temperature of approx. 25C for 14 days.
And the punnet can be kept moist by misting from a spray water bottle.
Covering the punnet with a clear plastic cover, plastic bag, or glass will help retain consistent moisture and prevent drying out.
Give a period of chilling
Now the seeds need a period of chilling (a pretend winter) – so wrap the sown, moist punnet in cling-wrap and place in fridge (not freezer) for 21 days.
Then take out, unwrap punnet, and keep moist in approx. 25C, in a well lit position.
Seeds need good light to sprout, but the punnet should not be in direct sunlight.
Seeds germinate in approx. 30 days.
Or sow seeds directly in garden in autumn/winter and leave to get the required chilling from nature to occur over winter before germinating in the spring.
Seed Count: 10 seeds per packet approx.
(We aim to exceed the stated count, and give a generous serve)
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